Startup Rocket Lab Delivers Seven Payloads to Orbit

Aerospace startup Rocket Lab will try again this weekend to launch its first commercial mission to space, a flight the company has dubbed “It’s Business Time.” The small satellite launcher is aiming to send up seven tiny probes into low Earth orbit on its Electron rocket. If successful, the flight will officially kick off commercial operations for the company, which has only pulled off two test flights so far. Rocket Lab has had a hard time getting “It’s Business Time” up in the air, though. The company, which launches out of a private site in New Zealand, has tried multiple times to fly this particular mission, but had to stand down after noticing some weird behavior with one of the rocket’s motor controllers. After implementing a few... Continue reading…

Rocket Lab successfully completes first commercial launch

Rocket Lab runs a privately-owned launch facility on the Mahia Peninsula, just off New Zealand's North Island, and set seven seperate payloads into orbit from the site.

Mon 12 Nov 18 from Daily Mail

Rocket Lab now has a fully operational small satellite launcher

"Rapid and reliable access to space is now a reality for small satellites."

Mon 12 Nov 18 from Ars Technica

Rocket Lab's 1st Commercial Launch in Pictures: 'It's Business Time'!

In November 2018, the private spaceflight company Rocket Lab successfully launched its first commercial mission using its Electron booster. The rocket "It's Business Time" launched six small ...

Mon 12 Nov 18 from

Rocket Lab nails first big launch in bid to follow Elon Musk success - CNET

After months of delays, the startup space company sends an Electron rocket carrying six satellites into orbit from New Zealand.

Sun 11 Nov 18 from CNET Cutting Edge

Rocket Lab completes its first commercial launch

After months of delays, Rocket Lab has completed its first commercial mission. The spaceflight startup successfully launched its Electron rocket into orbit carrying six small satellites, ...

Sun 11 Nov 18 from Engadget

It's Business Time! Rocket Lab Lofts 6 Satellites on 1st Commercial Launch

Spaceflight startup Rocket Lab launched its first operational mission Saturday night, successfully lofting six small satellites as well as a technology demonstrator.

Sun 11 Nov 18 from

Rocket Lab to Launch 1st Commercial Mission Tonight: Watch It Live

The spaceflight startup Rocket Lab will launch its first fully operational commercial mission Saturday night (Nov. 10), and you can watch the landmark liftoff live.

Sat 10 Nov 18 from

In Photos: Rocket Lab and Its Electron Booster

Rocket Lab aims to make space far more accessible via its Electron booster, which is designed to launch small payloads to orbit for about $5 million per liftoff. See photos of Electron in action ...

Fri 9 Nov 18 from


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